is a storyboard?
a concept or script is written for a film or animation, the next step
is to make a storyboard. A storyboard
visually tells the story of an animation panel by panel, kind of like
a comic book.
storyboard will should convey some of the following information:
- What charaters
are in the frame, and how are they moving?
- What are the characters
saying to each other, if anything?
- How much time has
passed between the last frame of the storyboard and the current one?
- Where the "camera"
is in the scene? Close or far away? Is the camera moving?
make a storyboard?
a storyboard will help you plan your animation out shot by shot. You can
make changes to your storyboard before you start animating, instead of
changing your mind later. You will also be able to talk about your animation
and show your storyboard to other people to get feedback on your ideas.
do I make a storyboard?
commonly, storyboards are drawn in pen or pencil. If you don't like to
draw you can also take photos, cut out pictures from magazines, or use
a computer to make your storyboards. Keep in mind that your drawings don't
have to be fancy! In fact, you want to spend just a few minutes drawing
each frame. Use basic shapes, stick figures, and simple backgrounds. If
you draw your storyboard frames on index cards, you can rearrange them
to move parts of the the story around.
SHOT: A close range of distance between the camera and the
DISSOVLE: A transition between two shots, where one shot fades away and
simultaneously another shot fades in.
FADE - A transition from a shot to black where the image gradually becomes
darker is a Fade Out; or from black where the image gradually becomes
brighter is a Fade In.
HIGH CAMERA ANGLE: A camera angle which looks down on its subject
making it look small, weak or unimportant.
JUMP CUT: A rapid, jerky transition from one frame to the next, either
disrupting the flow of time or movement within a scene or making an abrupt
transition from one scene to another.
LEVEL CAMERA ANGLE: A camera angle which is even with the subject;
it may be used as a neutral shot.
LONG SHOT: A long range of distance between the camera and
the subject, often providing a broader range of the setting.
LOW CAMERA ANGLE: A camera angle which looks up at its subject;
it makes the subject seem important and powerful.
PAN: A steady, sweeping movement from one point in a scene
POV (point of view shot): A shot which is understood to be seen from the
point of view of a character within the scene.
REACTION SHOT- 1.: A shot of someone looking off screen. 2.: A reaction
shot can also be a shot of someone in a conversation where they are not
given a line of dialogue but are just listening to the other person speak.
TILT: Using a camera on a tripod, the camera moves up or down
to follow the action.
ZOOM: Use of the camera lens to move closely towards the subject.
the Jane Animation Project - Hunting Sequence
simple storyboard made using stick figures
storyboard for a TV Western
With A Pencil
- Storyboards from Hollywood movies